Clintons and Democrats – business as usual

Ezra Klein has his boxers in a bunch over the Clinton campaign’s declaration that it plans to get whatever delegates it needs to win by any means necessary.

This demonstrates not only a gross ruthlessness on the part of Clinton’s campaign, but an astonishingly cavalier attitude towards the preservation of the progressive coalition. To be willing to blithely rip it to shreds in order to wrest a nomination that’s not been fairly earned is not only low, but a demonstration of deeply pernicious priorities — namely, it’s an explicit statement that the campaign puts its own political success above the health of the party and the pursuit of progressive goals, and one can’t but help assume that’s exactly the attitude they would take towards governance, too.

The one positive out of this primary season is there will be far fewer apologists for and defenders of the Clintons on the left – even if Hillary wins. Especially if Hillary wins.

The irony is Klein not only describes the Clintons as the right has understood them for years, but he also describes the recent behavior of the Democratic party on the issue of Iraq where it clearly put the success of the party above that of the nation’s best interest. Who can forget the cynical and despicable Harry Reid saying, “We’re going to pick up Senate seats as a result of this war.”

First published at QandO.

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